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Grant Reports - Education

March/April 2001

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May/June 2000

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November/December 1996

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  • "The Student Advocacy Center" studied four alternative models of parent involvement/outreach in low-income communities in Michigan, via participatory research. The results are being used to enhance SAC's capacity to respond effectively to requests for help from community groups and to identify and reach out to communities where school problems are severe but the community has not coalesced. This project supports earlier and current work that led to enactment of legislation banning corporal
    punishment and introduction of progressive legislation to deal with the various problems of exclusion of students from school.
    [F134] Grant amount: $10,000.
    Contact: Ruth Zweifler, Student Advocacy Center, PO Box 2815 Ann Arbor, MI 48106, 734/222-5443,
    See articles in Poverty & Race, Vol. 3, No. 3; Vol. 5, No.1; Vol. 5, No. 6.

    Public Education and Social Change: Advocacy Strategies, Special Education Policies and Practices, and Parent Involvement, by Marcene Root, Ruth Zweifler & Marcia Federbush (December 1995, 62 pp.), available from The Student Advocacy Center, 2301 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 313/995-0477. [7822]

September/October 1996

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  • "John Brittain" is part of a litigation team which includes the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Connecticut ACLU, the Hispanic Advocacy Project and Wesley Horton (attorney in the Horton v. Meskill Connecticut school financing case) that has brought a state constitutional challenge to de facto racial, linguistic and economic segregation in the Hartford school system (Sheff v. O'Neill). Funding was used to hire Gary Natriello, Columbia University Teachers College, to coordinate the work of the social science expert witnesses assisting in the case. In July 1996, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a highly favorable decision, and the case currently is in the remedy phase.
    [F126] Grant amount: $10,000.
    Contact: Prof. John Brittain, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 3100 Cleburne, Houston, TX 77004, 713/313-1025,
    See article in Poverty & Race, Vol. 5, No. 5.

    A Descriptive Study of the Education Resources of the Hartford Public Schools and Disparities with Other Districts, by Gary Natriello (November 1992, 271 pp.), available from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, 125 Broad St., 18th flr., New York, NY 10004, 212/549-2500, [7824]

May/June 1995

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  • "The American Civil Liberties Union" brought and won Harper v. James (formerly Harper v. Hunt), a suit in Montgomery County, Alabama, with a unique challenge to
    racially discriminatory education systems. Whereas previous equalization suits have sought, with great success in many cases, to require that gross disparities in per-pupil
    expenditures by local school districts be ended, this suit was won under a different state constitutional theory. The Alabama constitution (and the constitutions of a majority
    of states, in some form or other) guarantees students a minimally adequate education. The research documented that this standard is not being met, proposed programs that
    meet this standard and identified adequate funds to achieve this goal. The ACLU is working with various Alabama groups committed to this vision of school reform to
    determine how best to implement the court's orders.
    [F114] Grant amount: $10,000.
    Contact: Chris Hansen, American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad St., 17th flr., New York, NY 10004, 212/549-2500 ext. 2606,
    See article in Poverty & Race, Vol. 4, No. 3. [7823]

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  • "Jianping Shen" of the Western Michigan University College of Education is undertaking a study of whether minority students have had their fair share of quality teachers, making use of current and recently released Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B) data. The final report will be used by The Education Trust in a range of advocacy work.
    [G001] Grant amount: $7,000.
    Contact: Prof. Jianping Shen, Dept. of Teaching, Learning & Leadership, College of Education, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5193, 616/387-3887, [7821]

  • "Solutions for Progress" is undertaking a study of "Private Funding of Public Education: Who Gets What and At What Cost?" The large disparities in public funding of public schools -- based largely on local property tax variations (in turn a function of race/class patterns of residence) -- are exacerbated via the disparate, class-related input of private donations (time as well as money). The study will provide data on the extent and impact of such non-public resources, describe some attempts to deal with the problem, and propose systems that can smooth out such disparities without deterring the flow of such beneficial supplements. An advocacy strategy will be developed with PRRAC around this work.
    [G101] Grant amount: $19,800.
    Contact: Robert Brand, Solutions for Progress, 1800 JFK Blvd., 5th flr., Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215/557-8103, [7820]

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